South Jersey SRTS Program



Cross County Connection

 

Latifah Sunkett

SRTS Coordinator

(856) 596-8228
 sunkett@driveless.com  

 

 

SRTS Resources:

 

NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center

 

NJ Safe Routes Scoop Blog 

 

NJDOT Safe Routes to School

 

Communities can earn Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey Schools certification points by participating in SRTS!

For more information about obtaining Sustainable Jersey points for creating

a SRTS program, contact Cross County Connection at

(856) 596-8228 or visit  www.sustainablejersey.com



























































 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


W
elcome to Cross County Connection's south Jersey Safe Routes to School Newsletter! These newsletters contain articles, news items, and examples of Safe Routes to School work in South Jersey. We hope you enjoy!


Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federal, state and local effort to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school. SRTS facilitates the planning, development and implementation of projects that improve safety and air quality, as well as reduce traffic congestion and fuel consumption around schools. There are 2 goals of Safe Routes to School: 

1. Where it is safe to walk or bike to and from school, get students to do so

2. Where it is not safe to bicycle or walk, make it safe through the SRTS Infrastructure Grant Program

If your school district or community is interested in learning more about SRTS, contact Cross County Connection TMA at (856)596-8228
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INTERNATIONAL WALK

TO SCHOOL MONTH

 

Nearly 5,600 schools in all 50 states and Washington, DC participated in International Walk to School Day, on October 10th and throughout the month. In south Jersey, 30+ schools participated with Cross County Connection’s assistance and an additional 10+ schools hosted their own events.

 

Cross County Connection staff was thrilled with the enthusiasm and energy of the students and the community at the walking events.  Adult participants included school superintendents and principals, teachers, police officers, crossing guards and parents.  The fantastic community support resulted in successful walking events and enthusiastic students at each school.  To encourage participation, some schools provided students with free snacks and extra recess and some made their own walk to school day flyers.  Cross County Connection provided giveaway items, such as light up bracelets and color changing pencils, addressed safety issues and answered safety-related questions.

 

CHECK OUT WHAT SOUTH JERSEY SCHOOLS ARE DOING

PEDRICKTOWN, NJ

 

Oldmans Township School in Pedricktown, NJ hosted their first Walk to School Day on October 4th, 2018 and what an excellent event it was. Students were so elated to have taken an active role in their education and made posters to encourage others to participate in the event, as well. Here is an example of the awesome work created by the students to advertise the Walk to School Day.

Thank you Oldmans Township School for your great work and we look forward to being a part of your continued success with the Safe Routes to School program!

Zane North School Students Have Hands

on Experience during Celebration of

International Walk to School Day

 

On October 10th, 2018, over 50 students, 35 parents and staff members gathered at the Zane North Elementary School in Collingswood, NJ to commemorate International Walk to School Day. The Zane North event was unusual as the event was largely student led. Several students stationed at two tables welcomed their fellow classmates as they ended their walk to school. Students were then prompted by their classmates to sign their name on poster boards to highlight their involvement in the day’s event. Afterwards, they were given Safe Routes to School whistles, light up bracelets, slap bracelets and other fun safety giveaways. It was truly a delight to see the level of student engagement at Zane North!

Are you doing amazing Safe Routes to School work in your community and/or school? Send your event photos and highlights to south Jersey’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Latifah Sunkett, at sunkett@driveless.com and your community and/or school may be our next feature!

 

Thank you to the following south Jersey schools for participating in International Walk to School Day and thank you for allowing Cross County Connection to be a part of your event!

  • Aline Bingham Elementary School, Runnemede, NJ
  • Atlantic Avenue Elementary School, Haddon Heights, NJ     
  • Bell Oaks Upper Elementary School, Bellmawr, NJ
  • Charles L. Spragg School, Egg Harbor City, NJ
  • Clara Barton Elementary School , Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Dawes Avenue Elementary School, Somers Point, NJ
  • Dr. Ulysses S. Wiggins College Preparatory Lab School, Camden City, NJ
  • Egg Harbor City  Community School, Egg Harbor City, NJ
  • Glenview Avenue Elementary School, Haddon Heights, NJ
  • Grade Downing Elementary School, Runnemede, NJ
  • Gibbsboro School, Gibbsboro, NJ 
  • Jordan Road Elementary School, Somers Point, NJ
  • Mark Newbie School, Collingswood, NJ
  • Maude M. Wilkins Elementary School, Maple Shade, NJ
  • Mary E. Volz Middle School, Runnemede, NJ
  • Mary S. Shoemaker Elementary School, Woodstown, NJ
  • New York Avenue Elementary School, Somers Point, NJ
  • Ocean City Intermediate School, Ocean City, NJ
  • Oldmans Township School, Pedricktown, NJ
  • Seventh Avenue Elementary School, Haddon Heights, NJ     
  • South Main Street Elementary School, Pleasantville, NJ
  • St. Mary’s School, Vineland, NJ  
  • Woodbine Elementary School, Woodbine, NJ
  • Zane North Elementary School, Collingswood, NJ

SRTS Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program

Michele Geiger – Marketing Outreach Specialist/SRTS Education Specialist

 

As the 2018 school year is off and running (or as I like to say, “walking or biking”), November, for me,  means a wind down to educating thousands of school children throughout the seven counties of southern New Jersey. This year, 4,400 students to be exact. 

 

Since September, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit 20 elementary schools throughout southern New Jersey.  The Safe Routes to School program is designed for grades K thru 8, and Cross County Connection focuses mostly on grades 3 and 4. At the request of many schools this year, I was asked if I could talk to the entire school-- kindergarten all the way up to the eighth grade!  It was the number one request this season of most of the schools, and, of course, I never turn down an opportunity to educate a child on pedestrian and bicycle safety.  Here are some highlights:

 

September, I was able to travel to six schools: Somers Point, Bridgeton, Vineland, Collingswood, Pedricktown and Palmyra.  I had the privilege of presenting to 960 students.  One of the highlights of September was working with the Student Resource Officer at the Charles Street School in Palmyra.  Officer Omar Kendall reaches out each year to talk specifically with third and fourth grade students.  This year’s presentation at Charles Street School was a little extra special.  The children, most of whom remembered me from the previous year, were told it was my birthday.  Before I started the assembly, some students gathered at the mic and sang “Happy Birthday” to me.  It was a great moment!

October, I was able to reach out to a total of 12 elementary schools, including: Runnemede, Collingswood, Clementon, Camden City, Pleasantville, Woodstown, Wenonah and Bordentown.  The grand total of students this month was 2,756. One of October’s highlights was the Peter Muschal School in Bordentown, NJ.  Peter Muschal Elementary was a new school for Cross County Connection this year.  Our organization is working closely with the Bordentown Police Department on a pedestrian public safety campaign called “Street Smart NJ.”  As part of that program, I was able to work with their School Resource Officer, Adam Edwards, on October 10, 2018, which also was, appropriately enough, National Walk to School Day.  That day, I was able to speak to 571 students at Peter Muschal about the importance of pedestrian and bike safety.

November is the time of year the SRTS program starts to wind down (until the spring).   Three elementary schools invited Cross County Connection and the SRTS Program to present to them this month.  Laurel Springs and Somers Point were two towns that reached out for a third time.  The Wenonah school district reached out for the first time asking if I could speak to their entire school from K thru 8th grade.

 

I especially looked forward to this moment to speak to the older children about the emerging, critical importance of smart phone safety.  Overall, between these three schools, 684 children were educated on the “do’s and don’ts” of walking and bike riding, and avoiding phone usage while walking and biking.

 

So many great moments, and many bright, young students reached! As winter approaches, I am looking forward to the springtime and being able to educate hundreds more children on safety topics once again.

Although International Walk to School Month has come and gone, many other schools continue their bicycling and walking events throughout the year.  Cross County Connection encourages all schools to make walking events a routine at your school, regardless of the time of year.  Children benefit tremendously, both physically and mentally, from these events. Stressing the importance of walking and pedestrian safety during their formative years will result in healthier, happier and safer adults. 

 

To learn more about on-going walking and pedestrian safety events at your school, please contact Cross County Connection or visit our website at www.driveless.com

SRTS ARTICLES AND NEWS SECTION

 

UPCOMING EVENTS & WEBINARS

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Webinar

 

Maintaining Your Certification

December 4, 2018 at 3pm, Online

 

REGISTER HERE

Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification is good for three years. If your school is one of over 30 schools with a certification expiring in August 2019, you will want to attend this informative webinar on the re-certification process.

 

Participants will learn how to determine which expired actions need to be updated for re-certification and how to make a game plan for maintaining Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification for 2019 and beyond!

 

Quote of The Month



“Thoughts come clearly while one walks.”

 

-Thomas Mann

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